Data Centre Continuous Rating a Key Advantage

Consultants and engineers can design with confidence thanks to the DCC rating from Cummins – one of the few suppliers offering a DCC rating as standard.
Consultants and engineers can design with confidence thanks to the DCC rating from Cummins – one of the few suppliers offering a DCC rating as standard.

A key advantage of Cummins diesel generator sets for data-centre applications is that they boast a DCC rating from the Uptime Institute, which guarantees total dependability. This is a key criterion in such a niche but premium market segment, where reliable back-up power is critical, according to Robin Kuriakose, Power Generation Sales Leader for Southern Africa.

The Data Centre Continuous (DCC) rating means that the Cummins diesel generator sets are rated for unlimited hours of operation, with no restrictions on average variable or constant load factor. This spans Cummins’ range of high-horsepower diesel generator sets, from 400 kVA to 3 300 kVA, including Cummins’s ability to offer technical solutions regarding Tier I to Tier IV applications whilst maintaining our two-year standard warranty offering.

Consultants and engineers can design with the confidence that Cummins’ diesel generator sets can be applied up to the specified rating without restrictions on varying or non-varying loads or hours of operation. These ratings greatly simplify the engineering design process, and also make it easier for customers to achieve site certification from the Uptime Institute.

By combining DCC ratings with the time-tested ability of Cummins diesel generator sets to achieve 100% load acceptance in a single step, together with best-in-class PowerCommand® digital controls, data centre customers are assured that their power generation systems are at the cutting edge of technological development.

“This is a particular value-add for our clients, as we are one of very few local suppliers offering a DCC rating as standard,” Kuriakose notes. From large financial institutions to telecoms companies and even parastatals, it is critical that data centres have reliable back-up power in the event of any unforeseen outage.

“Back-up power can be supplemented by UPS, but this solution has a finite battery back-up capacity before it runs out. Only diesel generator sets are capable of supplying power on-demand, for whatever period required,” Kuriakose stresses. The implications of downtime for any data centre are not only potential loss of data, but reduced data traffic, and therefore less revenue generated.

Commenting on battery back-up as a potential solution, Kuriakose points out that this technology still has a long way to go before it matures. “The fact of the matter is that, if power supply to a data centre is interrupted for an entire day, for example, only a diesel generator set is sufficient for such an extended period. Cummins is a premium engine manufacturer, which means that its diesel generator sets are of the highest quality.”

Cummins’ complete power system solutions for data-centre applications comprise high-horsepower generator sets, automatic transfer switches, digital control technology, and remote monitoring and control in the form of PowerCommand, which allows operators to view power system performance from a web browser, for example.

“These innovations represent the cutting edge in data-centre back-up power supply. The combination of reliable equipment and seamless components, together with the DCC rating, make our diesel generator sets the most trusted in the world for such critical applications,” Kuriakose elaborates.

Cummins was a proud exhibitor at Infracom at the Kyalami Theatre on the Track in June, billed as the biggest data-centre networking event in Africa. “We are seeing a lot of development in this space in the local market, particularly as we have a product range designed specifically for it. There is a definite push for more data centres, due to the growing need for effective data storage. This is why our ongoing commitment to this market is reflected through our participation at key events such as Infracom,” Kuriakose stresses.

From design to operation, Cummins is there throughout every phase of a data centre project through dedicated project management staff and expert delivery of integrated turnkey programs. This upfront involvement allows Cummins to offer the latest technology and the best aftermarket support and back-up. “A key differentiator for us is our total power solutions approach, which means our involvement can extend from the design to the actual installation and commissioning,” Kuriakose concludes.
 

Anisha George

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, Anisha is part of the Africa Middle East ABO supporting marketing, communications and event management for power generation marketing.

Anisha joined Cummins Middle East in 2009 to support the Administration team in a temporary role. She gained more industry experience working in the event management field before joining back in 2011. Her previous role in Cummins Middle East include Marketing Assistant where she supported special events and marketing activities.

Anisha has a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Commerce & Marketing, followed by a diploma in Event Management & Innovative Marketing.

‘Urban Oasis’ in Paraguay Backed by Cummins Power

Cummins Paraguay Sales Representative Gerardo Gundersheimer (left) meets with Jade Park project managers.
Cummins Paraguay Sales Representative Gerardo Gundersheimer (left) meets with Jade Park project managers.

Three luxury towers of varying topography house 122 residential units over an 18,000-square-meter natural park reserve. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide endless views of the cityscape, and penthouses enjoy panoramic views of the park, the river and the city below with large terraces, grills and pools.

This is Jade Park, an “urban oasis” in Asunción, Paraguay, and a continuation of the Jade residences in southern Florida from real estate firm Fortune International Group. Jade Park is also the first building in Paraguay with the internationally recognized style of Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott. Cummins Latin America supplied three generator sets (models C1000D5B, C1400D5, C1675D5) to be used as backup power, thus ensuring continuous, stable power for residents and visitors of the complex.

Throughout the 1970s Ott worked on major development projects in the U.S., Costa Rica, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. He rose to international fame in 1983, when he won the design competition for the Opera de la Bastille in Paris, a project that commemorated the 200-year anniversary of the French Revolution. This opened the door to many other competitions and accomplishments all over the world for years to come.

The city of Asunción was chosen by Fortune International Group for the first Jade building in Latin America, in partnership with Jiménez Gaona y Lima, the leading construction company in Paraguay.

Whereas the customer had a long history of working with another generator set supplier, Cummins demonstrated its leadership early on, thus gaining the business opportunity over the incumbent supplier. “We started working with the engineers in charge of design and construction,” said Power Generation Sales Manager Patricia Gabriela Miracle. “This enabled us to be considered as a partner that wanted to give them the best solution. So, they opened the doors to us and this drove us to get the project.”

Cummins demonstrated to Jade Park that it had the ability to provide a high-performance power system together with professional sales and service support at a cost-effective price. Local service was key, along with the brand reputation and The Power of One™ offered by Cummins as a complete power solution provider. 

For more information, visit cummins.com/generators.

 

Fabiana Menezes

Fabiana is the Corporate Communications Specialist for Cummins Power Systems Latin America. She graduated in Journalism and has pursued a career in Corporate Communications with ten years' experience at multinational companies from different sectors. She joined the company in February, 2018. 

Quick Tips to Winter-Proof Your Home

Quick Tips to Winter-Proof Your Home

With a “teeth-chattering” cold winter on the horizon1, Emmy-nominated and AP award-winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, Cheryl Nelson, provides some tips in the YouTube video below on how to prepare you and your family for cold weather, including snow and ice.

And in her latest blog post, Angel Piontek, Associate Broker and Vice President of Marketing at Coldwell Banker Elite in Fredericksburg, Virgina, outlines seven ways to winterize your home, to reduce energy costs and prevent costly damage. 

Angel's suggestions range from quick, low-cost DIY tasks like redirecting your air ducts to more time-intensive, long-term investments like installing a home standby generator.  

Unlike a portable generator, a home standby generator turns on the moment an outage strikes, even when you’re away from home, ensuring vital appliances and security systems stay on. This means you don’t have to worry about food spoiling, a flooded basement from an inoperative sump pump, or even leaving your home vulnerable to break-ins due to an offline security system. 

Check out Angel’s article for tips on winter-proofing your home before the temperature drops, and visit homegenerators.cummins.com for additional weather preparedness advice for any season and to learn more about home standby generators, from the in-home assessment through to installation

Read more: Angel Piontek - "Seven Ways To Winterproof Your Home"

1. Source: 2019 Farmer's Almanac Winter Outlook

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Could Your Small Business Survive the Aftermath of a Natural Disaster?

Business Continuity Plan During a Natural Disaster

Of small businesses affected by natural disasters, 61 percent suffered revenues losses up to $25,000, and 35 percent suffered losses totaling more than $25,000. Even worse, 40 percent of small businesses never reopen after a natural disaster strikes. 

In the wake of another active hurricane season causing power outages affecting thousands of homes and businesses, now is the time to evaluate your plan for a disasters, especially those that create long-lasting power outages and can cost a business thousands of dollars in downtime and damage. You simply cannot afford to leave the fate of your business up to chance.

Create a Business Continuity Plan

Whether you operate a small business inside or outside your home, the first thing you want to do is create a business continuity plan, considering the following:

  • Where you will work if you need to evacuate
  • How you will communicate with employees, customers and vendors
  • How you will run your business if the power goes out for an extensive time period

Mitigate Damage from a Natural Disaster

To help mitigate damage, small business owners should:

  • Create a Communication Plan. Ensure you have a plan in place to communicate with employees and customers. This can include alternate phone numbers and email addresses or setting up a group communication vehicle such as Slack or WhatsApp.
  • Digitize Critical Documents. Back up important files to the cloud, and digitize critical paper documents such as leases and contracts and store on a hard drive off-site.
  • Get an Emergency Cash Supply. Keep cash on hand in case online banking or ATMs are temporarily down.
  • Find a Remote Business Location. Determine if you can run your business from a remote location such as your home and set up a plan for moving critical operations there. 
  • Check Your Insurance Policies. Review your insurance policies regularly and make sure you know what they cover and when they go into effect. Policies such as flood insurance can take up to 30 days from purchase to be applicable. Insurance companies can also offer customized policies based on the type of business you run.
  • Make a Plan for Backup Power. Build a back-up plan to protect your power supply if your business involves perishable goods, data, security, or medical services. A standby generator turns on the minute a power outage occurs, helping to minimize downtime and inventory loss. 

You may not be able to prevent the next natural disaster, but putting together a comprehensive emergency plan will help minimize downtime and get you back in business sooner. 

If you are a small business owner that suffered damage from the recent hurricanes, the Small Business Administration offers low-interest loans to help you get back to business; visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance for more information. 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Preparing Your Home For An Extended Vacation: Household To-Dos Before Hitting the Road

Preparing Your Home For An Extended Vacation: Household To-Dos Before Hitting the Road

When a power outage strikes while you’re at home, you could face up to 81 minutes of silence, inconvenience and disconnection from the digital world.1

People choose to fill this time in a variety of ways – in fact, respondents in a 2016 survey conducted by Cummins revealed they would pass the time by napping, playing games, reading, connecting with someone special, or simply enjoying the quiet. 

But what happens if you’re away from home? You may not even be aware your home has lost power, sending vital appliances and security systems offline. Food may spoil in the refrigerator, irrigation systems will stop watering the lawn, automatic timers will stop turning on and off the lights that are making your home look occupied.

There are numerous tips available online to determine if you experienced a power outage during your time away from home. If you travel frequently, your best bet is a home standby generator that powers on automatically, the moment an outage strikes. 

Getting ready to head out of town? In her first blog post for Cummins, Donna Hull share tips for preparing your home for an extended vacation. Donna writes about active travel for Baby Boomers on her award-winning blog, My Itchy Travel Feet, The Baby Boomers Guide to Travel. Her favorite travel experiences include hiking in U.S. National Parks and exploring the world on small ship luxury cruises. She knows a thing or two about preparing your home for vacation.

Vacation is a time to relax and recharge. Ease your mind while you’re away and use Donna’s tips for preparing your home for an extended vacation. Then take a trip over to homegenerators.cummins.com to learn more about home standby generators, from the in-home assessment through to installation.

Read More: My Itchy Travel Feet - "17 Tips for Preparing Your Home for an Extended Vacation

1. Average outage duration as reported by Eaton’s 2017 Annual Power Outage Report

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

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